Make the most of Hong Kong’s public holidays by booking up a break to remember. We’ve matched some of this year’s key days off with some top destinations, to give you the easiest, most exciting, breaks imaginable. Lunar New Year: Saturday, January 25 – Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Tokyo, Japan Lunar New Year may almost be upon us, but amazingly there’s still availability to head to the ultra-modern and gloriously traditional Tokyo. Ever changing, choose to step back into the past with temple hopping and centuries-old performing arts, or go futuristic with shopping, gaming and cocktailing. Stay: The Palace Hotel Tokyo is a sprawling metropolis of comfort and luxury. Make this your base, enjoy lunch with sumo wrestlers and get an introduction to Japanese dining etiquette. Good Friday: Friday, April 10 – Easter Monday, April 13, 2020 Hoi An, Vietnam A great long weekend destination, Hoi An is ideal for those looking for both beach and culture. Wander the charming ancient streets sampling the local street food, shopping as you go, then get your endorphins racing with a bike ride through the rice paddy fields, or feel the sand in your toes at China Beach. Stay: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai offers a wealth of activities, three swimming pools and – get this – a sunglasses cleaning service, cold towels and ice cream delivery. Chengdu, China Perfect for a long weekend from Hong Kong (flights leave every Friday and return on Monday), Chengdu is a gorgeous mix of ancient sites, Taoist shrines, temples and – of course – pandas. The shopping is excellent, and it’s a well-known fact (kind of!) that being around cuddly pandas can reduce tension and enhance positive feelings of well-being. Stay: At Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain. It’s brilliantly located to visit all the major landmarks and the resort’s paths, streams, bamboo groves and wooden-beamed houses are utterly captivating. 17 lesser-known Instagram spots in Asia just waiting to be discovered Birthday of Buddha: Thursday, April 30 – Labour Day, Friday, May 1, 2020 Maldives With its crystal-clear seas, endless stretches of powdery white sand beaches and luxurious resorts, the Maldives is the ultimate beach destination. Dive into the dazzling underwater world of coral, caves and tropical fish, or kick back on the beautiful beaches with a cocktail in hand. Stay: Arriving at Milaidhoo Island has a dreamlike quality to it. The design is Maldivian-inspired – so super-chilled with natural wood and thatched roofs, each villa has a private freshwater pool, and there’s a beautiful house reef teaming with wildlife. Kyoto, Japan Kyoto is the epitome of historic Japan with its ornate temples, cherry-blossomed courtyards and immaculate geishas dashing between tea-houses. Come here to soak up the unique atmosphere, wander the peaceful back alleyways, visit the Zen gardens – and to eat all that food. The tofu is insane! Stay: Surround yourself in traditional luxury with a stay at the new Aman Kyoto and Amanemu – an ultra-luxe resort inspired by a traditional Japanese village. Dragon Boat Festival: Friday, June 25 – SAR Day, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 California, USA Use the school holidays to take the family on a classic road trip down California’s coastline, setting off from San Francisco and stopping along the way to spot whales near Monterrey and visit the sea otters in Morro Bay. End in Los Angeles where you can blitz your Instagram feed with Disney images and classics Tinseltown sites such as the Hollywood sign. Stay: It doesn’t get more California than Carmel Valley Ranch, just two hours from San Francisco. Prep for endless activities that range from forest hiking and golf to meditation and spa packages. The kids’ club will keep little ones busy. South Africa Where to start in South Africa? Discover the food scene and hike up Table Mountain in cosmopolitan Cape Town, continue onto the Cape Winelands, then head east and hit the Garden Route. Of course, South African safaris are legendary: Marakele National Park is home to abundant plains game, healthy populations of big cats, elephants, and white and black rhino. Stay: Inside the park in one of the 16 tented suites at Marataba Safari Lodge. There’s a spa, swimming pool, lounge and dining room, and guests receive outstanding views from their private decks. 4 onsen spas in Southeast Asia offering a modern wellness twist Chinese National Day, Thursday, October 1 – Day after Mid-Autumn Festival, Friday, October, 2, 2020 Mongolia Go all-out adventurous on a trip to Mongolia, a true wilderness destination full of outdoor experiences, from climbing extinct volcanoes, relaxing in hot springs under the stars, crossing the desert by camel or galloping across vast open plains on the back of a horse. We recommend leaving your high heels at home. Stay: In a traditional Mongolian Ger – local “tent-style” accommodation. You’ll be welcomed by your host family and invited to experience the authentic nomadic lifestyle. Bali, Indonesia October is an excellent time for Bali’s paradise beaches, luxury accommodation, gorgeous food and spiritual leanings. Spend time relaxing on the sand before making your way to Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart, which is full of temples, shops, bars and magic. Stay: Tired bodies and exhausted minds are whipped into shape on the personalised wellness programmes at Como Shambhala Estate that deal with detoxing, life changes and general rejuvenation. Chung Yeung Festival holiday, Monday, October 26 Bangkok, Thailand A city of contrasts, Bangkok makes for a vibrant weekend escape. Explore the hidden markets and tiny lanes, while away a few hours on the river, visit the temples and pagodas, and watch the city come alive as the sun goes down. Good times guaranteed. Stay: The Siam is sophisticated, serene and perfectly located on the edge of Bangkok. Facilities are top-notch, especially the 23-metre pool. 5 best adults-only luxury escape destinations Okinawa, Japan Pretty beaches, clear waters, nature and laid-back island life are just the beginning of Okinawa, Japan. Stroll down the palm-fringed shopping boulevard of Naha Kokusai Dori, visit Unesco World Heritage Sites, enjoy Okinawan cuisine and go snorkelling to see coral reefs and colourful fish. Stay: Stay at Halekulani Okinawa, a new luxury property where the rooms boast private pools and hot springs. Christmas Day, Friday, December, 25, 2020 Niseko In winter, Japan is a skier’s and boarder’s dream destination, with plentiful powder, swish resorts and delicious mountain cuisine. Easily accessible from Hong Kong, hit Niseko’s 3,000-metre-high mountain peaks during the day and chill with a relaxing hot spring spa session (and a healthy dose of sake!) in the evening. Stay: Ski-in and ski-out at The Vale Niseko, a fantastic bolt-hole from the cold complete with a designer onsen, heated pool, sauna and exceptional après-ski. How to avoid the crowds while skiing in Niseko Phuket, Thailand Come December, the weather in Phuket, Thailand, is a dream, with blue and sunny skies almost guaranteed. Venture away from its party-zones and put the pearly-white beaches, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and water sports on your schedule. For those with itchy feet, this is also a great base for some Thai island hopping. Stay: Among the 40 acres of tropical gardens at Trisara are three restaurants, a huge swimming pool, yoga, Muay Thai boxing and a fabulous spa that will assist in making you feel thoroughly relaxed and pampered. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter.